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Graphic Print

Printmaking is an artistic technique in which several images are made from an original or from a specially prepared surface. Prints are the images that are produced by this process. Prints are a type of edition which refers to a work created from a master version, sculptures, for example, sculptures can also come in editions. Prints are original works although they are not necessarily always signed by the artist. They are created with the help of an industrial or mechanised process. There are numerous types of prints, such as lithography, serigraphy or screen printing, engraving...The print's number out of the total is always detailed on the work as '15/100' for example, in order to indicate the work's uniqueness. The work's exclusivity and value varies depending on the number of editions and whether it has been signed by the artist or not. Producing limited editions means that artworks made by renown artists in modern and contemporary art are made more accessible to a larger audience, without taking away from the quality and rarity of the piece. Certificate of authenticities are important when it comes to editions and prints as this helps to prevent fraudulent copies.

It is important to remember that the editions produced today in the art world were only made possible thanks to the key technological progress that was made in the printing industry throughout history. These advances became more accessible by the 19th century, and in particular thanks to the lithographs produced during the Art Nouveau period following the 1900 International Exhibition in Paris. This process, which first appeared in Germany in the 18th century, has various different uses including press illustrations (thanks to its rapid production rate) and art reproduction. Lithography is a chemical process which is based on the immiscibility of water and a fat-based substance. The subject is drawn onto a stone with ink, and once it has been moistened and covered with a greasy ink. As the initial ink is hydrophobic it only clings to the drawing and is repelled by the wet areas. Paper is applied to the stone and then a printing press is used to transfer the drawing onto its surface. Over time the technique has evolved and been perfected.

Certain artists, such as Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, use this technique to create several copies of an original artwork. Others use it to reproduce older works. In the 20th century, some of the great masters including Picasso and Miro worked with lithography to create numerous posters which they often used for their own exhibitions.

Alongside lithography, there is also silk screening. Invented in China during the Song dynasty (962-1279), it didn't reach the United States until the 19th century and it was introduced to Europe after the Second World War. In 1920s Berlin, Kodloff and Biegeleisen were the first to test it by printing on paper and named the process “Siedbruck". From 1938 onwards, prints took over serigraphy thanks to the work of Guy MacCoy but its popularity truly started to soar with the pioneers of Pop Art, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.In France, the silk screen posters made by the students taking part in the May 68 protests gave this art technique an almost legendary status.

Digital technology now has a role to play in all of these processes and digital printing currently makes up a key part of the art market. It allows for the creation of high-quality images in a short period of time and this has multiplied the creative possibilities for artists. There are also of course, several other older techniques which are still used today including etching, engraving, woodblock carving and drypoint.

In this category you will find figurative and abstract artworks, portraits as well as landscapes, Pop Art and Minimalism, made by young and renowned artists alike. Artsper's collection includes works from famous artists such as Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Miss Tic, and Sol LeWitt. Don't forget to take a look at the work of some of our lesser known artists who are just as talented as their more well-established counterparts, including Nathan Chantob and Rero...

Collector’s Guide: Collecting Prints

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Cope2, Iconic Bubble Running, Print

Cope2

Iconic Bubble Running, 2019
20 x 80 x 2 cm
Print

$830

Hugo Pondz, En route pour la joie, Print

Hugo Pondz

En route pour la joie, 2021
90 x 90 x 4 cm
Print

$1,767

Ben Frost, Happy Helmet, Print

Ben Frost

Happy Helmet, 2021
18 x 18 cm
Print

$830

Sumit Mehndiratta, Visual Healing 16, Print

Sumit Mehndiratta

Visual Healing 16, 2021
100 x 100 x 0.1 cm
Print

$1,423

Lionel le Jeune, Route au pied de la Sierra, Ipad Artwork, Print

Lionel le Jeune

Route au pied de la Sierra, Ipad Artwork, 2021
20 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Print

$119

La Robotte, Proxima 2390, Print

La Robotte

Proxima 2390, 2021
42 x 42 x 0.2 cm
Print

$235

Our recommendations Adeshola Makinde, All Power to the people, Print

Adeshola Makinde

All Power to the people, 2020
50.8 x 40.6 cm
Print

$1,500

Nicola Carrino, Saw, Print

Nicola Carrino

Saw, 1970
48 x 64 x 0.1 cm
Print

$593

Stéphan Art, Illusion, Print

Stéphan Art

Illusion, 2021
100 x 80 x 0.5 cm
Print

$2,609

Our recommendations Jérôme Mesnager, Quel cirque !, Print

Jérôme Mesnager

Quel cirque !, 2015
65 x 92 cm
Print

$415

René Magritte, Ceci n'est pas une pipe, Print

René Magritte

Ceci n'est pas une pipe, 1929
30 x 45 cm
Print

$866

Aiiroh, Spiderwoman, Print

Aiiroh

Spiderwoman, 2019
50 x 50 x 0.2 cm
Print

$1,660

Our recommendations Albert Ràfols-Casamada, Sin Título, Print

Albert Ràfols-Casamada

Sin Título, 2000
77 x 112 cm
Print

$1,583

Patrick Rubinstein, Pop Panda, Print

Patrick Rubinstein

Pop Panda, 2019
69 x 69 x 3 cm
Print

$6,936

Our recommendations Jean Miotte, Élegie, Print

Jean Miotte

Élegie, 1992
126 x 88 cm
Print

$1,126

Gregos, Coffret Figure, Print

Gregos

Coffret Figure, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

$1,897

Zenoy, Estampe rehaussée, Print

Zenoy

Estampe rehaussée, 2017
70 x 70 cm
Print

$818

Luke Newton, Crayons not colts, Print

Luke Newton

Crayons not colts, 2015
50 x 70 cm
Print

$1,186

Our recommendations Eduardo Chillida, Une Helen de vent I, Print

Eduardo Chillida

Une Helen de vent I, 1990
65 x 51 cm
Print

$7,891

Our recommendations Léon Spilliaert, Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, Print

Léon Spilliaert

Femme au bord de l'eau, 1910 | Woman at the Shoreline, 1910, 2021
59 x 72 cm
Print

$889

MadC, Yin and Yang, Print

MadC

Yin and Yang, 2019
76 x 56 cm
Print

$296

Stoul, Coffret Figure - Stoul, Print

Stoul

Coffret Figure - Stoul, 2014
34.5 x 27.5 cm
Print

$1,897

Costa, Abbey road, Print

Costa

Abbey road, 2016
58 x 90 cm
Print

$593

François Boisrond, Earth, Print

François Boisrond

Earth, 2005
49.5 x 39.5 cm
Print

$474

Christian Silvain, Vol de nuit, Print

Christian Silvain

Vol de nuit, 1998
100 x 73 cm
Print

$652

Severine Dietrich, Eclipse #1, Print

Severine Dietrich

Eclipse #1, 2019
70 x 50 x 1 cm
Print

$273

Our recommendations Adrian Falkner, Rainbow Hand, Print

Adrian Falkner

Rainbow Hand, 2018
39 x 29 cm
Print

$491

Our recommendations Larry Clark, Keep punching, Print

Larry Clark

Keep punching, 2017
60 x 80 cm
Print

$1,423

Thomas Dellert, Bowie flower power, Print

Thomas Dellert

Bowie flower power, 2018
50 x 50 x 3 cm
Print

$949

Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
39.5 x 32 x 3 cm
Print

$504 $593

Jesús-Rafael Soto, Ovalo Rojo, Print

Jesús-Rafael Soto

Ovalo Rojo, 1980
55.9 x 76.2 cm
Print

$3,500

Our recommendations Mattoni, Marilyn, Print

Mattoni

Marilyn, 2019
62 x 42 x 0.1 cm
Print

$202

Our recommendations Konstantin Kornakov, Village 04, Print

Konstantin Kornakov

Village 04, 2017
20 x 30 x 0.2 cm
Print

$249

Enrico Baj, Meeting from the Furniture Series, Print

Enrico Baj

Meeting from the Furniture Series, 1988
69.9 x 99.1 cm
Print

$2,500

Our recommendations Ben, De qué tienes miedo?, Print

Ben

De qué tienes miedo?, 2006
50 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$2,134

Our recommendations Damien Poulain, Love / Bois, Print

Damien Poulain

Love / Bois, 2019
32 x 24 cm
Print

$119

Ryszard Gieryszewski, April, Print

Ryszard Gieryszewski

April, 2012
62 x 44 x 1 cm
Print

$771

Ricardo Lanzarini, Aglomeración, Print

Ricardo Lanzarini

Aglomeración, 2020
42 x 55.5 cm
Print

$1,186

Alain Séchas, Trottinette, Print

Alain Séchas

Trottinette, 2018
120 x 80 cm
Print

$1,779

Harissart, Dollar Lotus, Print

Harissart

Dollar Lotus, 2021
30 x 70 x 1 cm
Print

$1,162

Kashink, Wanderlust, Print

Kashink

Wanderlust, 2019
30 x 20 cm
Print

$101

Christian Lapie, Fragment of Eros, Print

Christian Lapie

Fragment of Eros, 2020
50.5 x 34 x 0.1 cm
Print

$593

Chamizo, Marilyn, Print

Chamizo

Marilyn, 1980
90 x 60 cm
Print

$889

Yanko Tihov, Europe 1920s, Print

Yanko Tihov

Europe 1920s, 2018
61 x 83.7 x 0.5 cm
Print

$1,964

Philippe Pasqua, Vanité aux papillons rouges, Print

Philippe Pasqua

Vanité aux papillons rouges, 2016
200 x 150 x 8 cm
Print

$21,343

Zoran Mishe, Pleasure I – Silver edition, Print

Zoran Mishe

Pleasure I – Silver edition, 2021
70 x 50 cm
Print

$415

Frederic Amat, Depósito, Print

Frederic Amat

Depósito, 1990
75 x 105 cm
Print

$433

Lucio Monaco, Marilyn Monroe - Ultimo sogno infranto, Print

Lucio Monaco

Marilyn Monroe - Ultimo sogno infranto, 2019
60 x 43 x 1 cm
Print

$178

Eduardo Paolozzi, Lots of Pictures, Lots of Fun, Print

Eduardo Paolozzi

Lots of Pictures, Lots of Fun, 1971
76.2 x 55.9 cm
Print

$1,400

Carne Griffiths, Spring Has Come, Print

Carne Griffiths

Spring Has Come, 2015
63 x 48 x 2 cm
Print

$474

Eugenia Jaeger, Model #1, Print

Eugenia Jaeger

Model #1, 2021
30 x 21 cm
Print

$415

Keymi, Shit, Print

Keymi

Shit, 2019
48 x 36 cm
Print

$237

Jean-Baptiste Valadié, Rêve vénitien, Print

Jean-Baptiste Valadié

Rêve vénitien, 1988
76 x 56 cm
Print

$534

Shadee K, Passion E, Print

Shadee K

Passion E, 2013
18.5 x 13 cm
Print

$106

Tomek Jarolim, Venise, Print

Tomek Jarolim

Venise, 2021
20 x 32 x 0.3 cm
Print

$1,423

ErriC, Another Dimension, Print

ErriC

Another Dimension, 2020
50 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$225

Gad Berry, David Bowie, Print

Gad Berry

David Bowie, 2019
110 x 110 x 5 cm
Print

$7,114

Noty Aroz, Reversed Tribute To Shepard Fairey, Print

Noty Aroz

Reversed Tribute To Shepard Fairey, 2018
100 x 70 x 0.2 cm
Print

$356

David Koloane, City Traffic I, Print

David Koloane

City Traffic I, 2016
37 x 43 x 1 cm
Print

$593

Jean-Pierre Stholl, Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), Print

Jean-Pierre Stholl

Hommage à Gustave Doré (coffret), 2013
34 x 25 cm
Print

$3,320

Our recommendations Olivier Debré, Xian Rouge 2, Print

Olivier Debré

Xian Rouge 2, 1990
100 x 74 cm
Print

$2,609

Our recommendations Tom Wesselmann, Bedroom Face with Lichtenstein, Print

Tom Wesselmann

Bedroom Face with Lichtenstein, 1997
88 x 105 cm
Print

$30,000

Gonzalo Borondo, Fake Paradise, Print

Gonzalo Borondo

Fake Paradise, 2015
70 x 50 cm
Print

$3,083

Mister Pee, Mère Courage, Print

Mister Pee

Mère Courage, 2019
47 x 37 cm
Print

$166

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